13 year old Brooklyn Gittins has been found safe after having been missing since Tuesday evening, January 8, 2013, wearing only pajamas and a shirt. She disappeared without wearing shoes or a coat in chilly weather, yet has been found unharmed. However, questions are numerous and still need to be answered as to where she was and what she was doing while 1,000 volunteers searched for her for two day. Police now know that Brooklyn Gittins crawled out of her bedroom window and left on her own accord Tuesday night. However, authorities still don’t know whether to label the case a runaway or an abduction.
A 13-year-old girl who disappeared this week without shoes or a coat in chilly weather has been found unharmed, but questions abound about where she was and what she was doing while 1,000 volunteers searched for her for two days.
Brooklyn Gittins called her grandmother late Thursday night from a Wal-Mart store in South Jordan, Unified Police spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal said. The woman then contacted police and officers located the child. She was uninjured and wearing the same clothes — and still without shoes or a coat.
Authorities still don’t know whether to label the case a runaway or an abduction.
They know that Brooklyn Gittins crawled out of her bedroom window and left on her own accord Tuesday night. She was picked up in a car by a person or persons who then harbored her for two days, Hoyal said.
Lt. Justin Hoyal of Salt Lake Unified Police told ABCNews.com that she is safe at home now, but anyone who was complicit in this disappearance will be held accountable and brought to justice.
“We believe that she did leave her house on Tuesday evening, and somebody picked her up and harbored her for the last two and a half days. We’re going to investigate,” he said. “She’s 13 years old, and for someone to hold her is wrong. We’ll do everything to find the person and bring [that person] to justice.”